Panic in Plateau as three Chinese nationals are quarantined over fears of coronavirus


The fear of coronavirus is the beginning of wisdom.

Less than 48 hours after an Italian national was diagnosed of the dreaded coronavirus, three Chinese citizens were on Saturday, February 29, quarantined in Wase Local Government Area of Plateau state, reports Daily Trust.

The newspaper quoted the state’s Commissioner of Health, Dr. Nimkong Ndam, as having confirmed the development.

The commissioner said the Chinese were suspected to have contacted the disease having arrived the state on Friday, February 28, from Ethiopia for mining activities.

He added that the suspects have been isolated at a centre for proper investigation by the health workers who have been sent to the area since Friday.

It will be recalled that on Thursday, February 27, the federal ministry of health confirmed the first coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case in Nigeria since the outbreak of the viral disease in China in January.

The case is an Italian citizen who works in Nigeria and returned from Milan, Italy to Lagos, on Tuesday, February 25.

Meanwhile, the Lagos state Commissioner of Health, Tomi Coker, has assured the residents and visitors in the state not to panic.

The commissioner said that the facility visited by the Italian has also been quarantined in accordance with the health safety standard.

He said that as one of the measures to curb the spread of coronavirus in Lagos, the state government has kicked off an identification process so as to ascertain all who had contact with the infected Italian man.

According to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in a press briefing, those who will be discovered as contacts of the man in the state will be immediately quarantined.

Confirming this, the state’s commissioner for health, Akin Abayomi, said that the process started in the afternoon of Friday, February 28.

According to reports, the Commissioner for Health has visited the Italian national who is the only confirmed case of the coronavirus in Lagos.

The infected man is currently isolated at the Mainland Infectious Disease hospital in Yaba.

During the visit to the health facility, the health commissioner also inspected other wards of the hospital currently under renovation.
“I also visited the #COVID19 patient a male Italian national who is isolated at the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital, where he is been managed by our well trained staff.

“ I spoke to him and assured him of @followlasg resolve to ensure he gets adequate care #ForAGreaterLagos,” the commissioner said.


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